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(c.1867) Medal JAB-30 Silver Libertas Americana MS64 PCGS #887092

Ex: E Pluribus Unum, earlier from the personal collection of John Adams Bolen.

(1867) Token Ma-Sp 43 Copper J.A. Bolen MS66RB PCGS #525297

In the Post-Civil War era, as the once-divided country began to reunite in national patriotism, the image of the Libertas Americana medal again ascended as a national emblem. Medalist and Die Sinker John Adams Bolen created a 25mm die with the Libertas Americana design, to be used for patriotic medals and merchant tokens. Ultimately, this die was paired with 12 different reverse dies, resulting in 12 distinct die varieties. These pieces are all scarce to rare, and may be seen struck in silver, copper, bronze, brass and white metal. Considering the different metals that were used for production, there are a total of 32 die/metal combinations bearing Bolen's Libertas Americana obverse. As seen here, John Adams Bolen chose his Libertas Americana die to use with his own portrait medal -- with this specimen being one of just 16 examples struck in copper. Ex: Don Miller, Charles Litman and Steve Tanenbaum.

(1867) Token Ma-Sp 43 Copper J.A. Bolen MS66RB PCGS #525297

In the Post-Civil War era, as the once-divided country began to reunite in national patriotism, the image of the Libertas Americana medal again ascended as a national emblem. Medalist and Die Sinker John Adams Bolen created a 25mm die with the Libertas Americana design, to be used for patriotic medals and merchant tokens. Ultimately, this die was paired with 12 different reverse dies, resulting in 12 distinct die varieties. These pieces are all scarce to rare, and may be seen struck in silver, copper, bronze, brass and white metal. Considering the different metals that were used for production, there are a total of 32 die/metal combinations bearing Bolen's Libertas Americana obverse. As seen here, John Adams Bolen chose his Libertas Americana die to use with his own portrait medal -- with this specimen being one of just 16 examples struck in copper. Ex: Don Miller, Charles Litman and Steve Tanenbaum.

(c.1867) Medalet Rulau Ma-Sp-42, JAB-30 Brass Bolen/Libertas MS64 PCGS #596785

Finest known of just 3 specimens struck. Ex: Tim Gabriele and Q. David Bowers.

(1867) Token Rulau Ma-Sp-43D WM J.A. Bolen MS62 PCGS #596786

The sole known specimen in private hands, from a mintage of just 2 or 3 pieces. Ex: Steve Tanenbaum and Henry South collections.

(1867) Medal JAB-M5 Brass Jefferson MS65 PCGS #596762

The only known specimen struck on a thick brass planchet. Ex: Q. David Bowers

(1874) Medal Baker-56 Silver Libertas Americana MS64 PCGS #525295

Here we see not only one of the very rarest of the Bolen medals, but one of the very rarest of all patriotic medals: the Baker-56 Washington medal (AKA Bolen's JAB-M-4), combining Bolen's Libertas die with his portait of George Washington, with just six such medals struck in silver. This specimen traces its provenance to Neil Musante, the author of the definitive reference of the medallic work of John Adams Bolen.

(1874) Medal Baker-56 Silver Libertas Americana MS64 PCGS #525295

Here we see not only one of the very rarest of the Bolen medals, but one of the very rarest of all patriotic medals: the Baker-56 Washington medal (AKA Bolen's JAB-M-4), combining Bolen's Libertas die with his portait of George Washington, with just six such medals struck in silver. This specimen traces its provenance to Neil Musante, the author of the definitive reference of the medallic work of John Adams Bolen.

(c.1867) Medal JAB-M3 Copper Abraham Lincoln / Libertas MS66BN PCGS #887097

Ex: E Pluribus Unum, earlier from the personal collection of John Adams Bolen.

(c.1867) Medal JAB-M4 Copper Washington / Libertas MS65BN PCGS #887098

Ex: E Pluribus Unum, earlier from the personal collection of John Adams Bolen.

(c.1867) Medal JAB-M5 Copper Jefferson / Libertas MS66+ BN PCGS #887099

Ex: E Pluribus Unum, earlier from the personal collection of John Adams Bolen.

(c.1867) Medal JAB-M6 Copper Jackson / Libertas MS64BN PCGS #887100

Ex: E Pluribus Unum, earlier from the personal collection of John Adams Bolen.

(c.1867) Medal JAB-M7 Copper Lincoln / Libertas MS66BN PCGS #887101

Ex: E Pluribus Unum, earlier from the personal collection of John Adams Bolen.

No Date Token Judd-391 Bronzed Lead Mule w/Libertas Americana MS64 PCGS #525294

A rare and peculiar piece, this token combines Bolen's Libertas Americana die with the J-319 3-Cent pattern die, produced in bronzed lead. Just 3 examples are known.

No Date Token Judd-391 Bronzed Lead Mule w/Libertas Americana MS64 PCGS #525294

A rare and peculiar piece, this token combines Bolen's Libertas Americana die with the J-319 3-Cent pattern die, produced in bronzed lead. Just 3 examples are known.

(1867) Medal GW-798 Ag Mule Washington-Libertas Amer. MS63 PCGS #785343

Kline restrike on a thinner planchet. Ex Charles I. Bushnell, S.H. and H. Chapman, June 1882, lot 1497; William Spohn Baker Collection, to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania by bequest, November 15, 1897.

(1867) Medal GW-798 Copper Mule Washington-Libertas Amer. MS64BN PCGS #785291

Kline restrike on a thinner planchet. Ex Charles I. Bushnell, S.H. and H. Chapman, June 1882, lot 1497; William Spohn Baker Collection, to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania by bequest, November 15, 1897.

(1867) Medal GW-798 Brass Mule Washington-Libertas Amer. MS64 PCGS #785346

Kline restrike on a thinner planchet. Ex Charles I. Bushnell, S.H. and H. Chapman, June 1882, lot 1497; William Spohn Baker Collection, to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania by bequest, November 15, 1897.

(1867) Medal GW-798 White Metal Mule Washington-Libertas Amer. MS64 PCGS #785294

Kline restrike on a thinner planchet. Ex Charles I. Bushnell, S.H. and H. Chapman, June 1882, lot 1497; William Spohn Baker Collection, to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania by bequest, November 15, 1897.

(1876) Token Rulau Md-Ba 205 White Metal Patapsco Fruit Butter Co. MS63 PCGS #669866

A very scarce Baltimore store card, Ex: Larry Dziubek and Charles Litman.

(1876) Token Mo-Sl 33 White Metal Joel Swope's MS62 PCGS #668061

A very rare store card from St. Louis.

(1876) Token NY-NY 700 White Metal Dean Cakes MS64 PCGS #525300

One of the more available New York City store tokens, this one from the collections of David Schenkman and Steve Tanenbaum.

(1876) Token NY-NY 709B Brass Dean Cakes MS63 PCGS #525302

A rare brass striking of the Dean Cakes store card, with this one coming from the collections of FCC Boyd, John J. Ford and Steve Tanenbaum.

(1876) Token NY-NY 720 White Metal Frederick's Pharmacy MS64 PCGS #525303

Ex: FCC Boyd, John J. Ford and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 720A Copper Frederick's Pharmacy MS65RB PCGS #525305

A wonderful red-brown copper store card, Ex: Robert Williams and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 720AA Bronze Frederick's Pharmacy MS65BN PCGS #525307

With this Lingg token produced for Fredericks Pharmacy of New York, we see the 23mm Libertas die in its scarcest format -- struck in Bronze. Ex: Max M Schwart, David E. Schenkman, and Steve Tanenbaum.

(1876) Token NY-NY 720AA Bronze Frederick's Pharmacy MS65BN PCGS #525307

With this Lingg token produced for Fredericks Pharmacy of New York, we see the 23mm Libertas die in its scarcest format -- struck in Bronze. Ex: Max M Schwart, David E. Schenkman, and Steve Tanenbaum.

(1876) Token NY-NY 720B Brass Frederick's Pharmacy MS64 PCGS #525310

Ex: FCC Boyd, John J. Ford and Steve Tanenbaum.

(1876) Token NY-NY 732 Brass Great Union Pacific Tea Co. MS64 PCGS #525311

Ex: Max M Schwartz, PCAC, Ray Bryne, David E. Schenkman and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 732A Copper Great Union Pacific Tea Co. MS63RB PCGS #525313

Ex: Max M Schwartz, HJ Levine, Ray Bryne, David E. Schenkman and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 732B White Metal Great Union Pacific Tea Co. MS62 PCGS #525315

Ex: Max M Schwartz, HJ Levine, Ray Bryne, David E. Schenkman and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 736 White Metal Great Union Pacific Tea Co. MS63 PCGS #525316

Ex: Max M Schwartz, HJ Levine, Ray Bryne, David E. Schenkman and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 740 White Metal T. Hoag MS65 PCGS #525317

White metal strikings of the various merchant tokens are the most commonly seen, and decidedly the most common of the Libertas Americana tokens. White metal is quite soft and easily impressed by the dies, and this sometimes results in a highly reflective prooflike surface -- as seen here with the Libertas token for T. Hoag Watches of New York. Ex: Donald Schram and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 740 White Metal T. Hoag MS65 PCGS #525317

White metal strikings of the various merchant tokens are the most commonly seen, and decidedly the most common of the Libertas Americana tokens. White metal is quite soft and easily impressed by the dies, and this sometimes results in a highly reflective prooflike surface -- as seen here with the Libertas token for T. Hoag Watches of New York. Ex: Donald Schram and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 740A Copper T. Hoag N1BN PCGS #525318

Ex: Lionel L. Rudduck and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 740B Brass T. Hoag MS64 PCGS #525324

Ex: Lionel L. Rudduck and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 750 White Metal H.W. Hoops MS65 PCGS #525327

Ex: Herbert Bardes and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 760 White Metal Huyler's MS65 PCGS #525328

Ex: Donald Schram and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 770 White Metal William R. Jenkins MS63 PCGS #525330

Ex: FCC Boyd, John J. Ford and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 780 White Metal Geo. E. Phelan MS64 PCGS #525331

Ex: FCC Boyd, John J. Ford and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 780A Copper Geo. E. Phelan MS65RD PCGS #525335

Apart from the patriotic medals, the Lingg Brothers used their Libertas Americana die in commerical production, creating advertising tokens for numerous merchants. Here we see the Geo. E. Phelan merchant token struck in copper, and still fully Mint Red! Ex: Max M. Schwartz, David E. Schenkman and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 780A Copper Geo. E. Phelan MS65RD PCGS #525335

Apart from the patriotic medals, the Lingg Brothers used their Libertas Americana die in commerical production, creating advertising tokens for numerous merchants. Here we see the Geo. E. Phelan merchant token struck in copper, and still fully Mint Red! Ex: Max M. Schwartz, David E. Schenkman and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 780B Brass Geo. E. Phelan MS63 PCGS #525336

Ex: Max M. Schwartz, David E. Schenkman and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 790 White Metal W. Pimmel MS64 PCGS #525337

Ex: Springfield Library and Museum, and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 800 White Metal Pruden's MS64 PCGS #525338

Ex: Max M. Schwartz, David E. Schenkman and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 800A Copper Pruden's MS64RB PCGS #525343

Ex: FCC Boyd, John J. Ford and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 800B Brass Pruden's MS64 PCGS #525358

Ex: FCC Boyd, John J. Ford and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 810 White Metal Geo. P. Rowell & Co. MS63 PCGS #525361

Ex: Max M. Schwartz, David E. Schenkman and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 810A Brass Geo. P. Rowell & Co. MS65 PCGS #525364

This merchant token was produced for the Geo. P. Rowell & Co. Newspaper company of New York. While these Rowell tokens are fairly available in the common "white metal" (tin), they are truly rare in the Brass composition seen here. Indeed, this particular specimen has been highly prized for generations, having been featured in the collections of FCC Boyd, John J. Ford, and Stephen Tanenbaum.

(1876) Token NY-NY 810A Brass Geo. P. Rowell & Co. MS65 PCGS #525364

This merchant token was produced for the Geo. P. Rowell & Co. Newspaper company of New York. While these Rowell tokens are fairly available in the common "white metal" (tin), they are truly rare in the Brass composition seen here. Indeed, this particular specimen has been highly prized for generations, having been featured in the collections of FCC Boyd, John J. Ford, and Stephen Tanenbaum.

(1876) Token NY-NY 830A Copper J.W. Scott & Co. MS64RB PCGS #525379

Ex: FCC Boyd, John J. Ford and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 830B Brass J.W. Scott & Co. MS63 PCGS #525381

Ex: FCC Boyd, John J. Ford and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 850A Brass Traphagen, Hunter & Co. MS64 PCGS #525383

Ex: FCC Boyd, John J. Ford and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 860 White Metal Traphagen, Hunter & Co. AU58 PCGS #525384

The third known Libertas Americana token obverse die is seen here. An odd rarity among the Libertas Americana tokens, this obverse die displays a very uniform denticulated border, but a rather crude portrait of Liberty. One might call this the "apprentice die," as it appears to have been made by someone still learning their craft. Raised guidelines can been seen framing the denticulation and legend, to ensure their proper placement and uniformity, but it would seem that the portrait was executed freehand. This third Libertas obverse die is only known in combination with this particular Traphagen Hunter reverse die, and is seen only in white metal and brass. Ex: Max M. Schwartz, David E. Schenkman and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 860 White Metal Traphagen, Hunter & Co. AU58 PCGS #525384

The third known Libertas Americana token obverse die is seen here. An odd rarity among the Libertas Americana tokens, this obverse die displays a very uniform denticulated border, but a rather crude portrait of Liberty. One might call this the "apprentice die," as it appears to have been made by someone still learning their craft. Raised guidelines can been seen framing the denticulation and legend, to ensure their proper placement and uniformity, but it would seem that the portrait was executed freehand. This third Libertas obverse die is only known in combination with this particular Traphagen Hunter reverse die, and is seen only in white metal and brass. Ex: Max M. Schwartz, David E. Schenkman and Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token NY-NY 860J Brass Traphagen, Hunter & Co. MS63 PCGS #525385

Here again is the "apprentice" die of the Libertas Americana token, this time seen in its rarest composition in Brass. With its provenance tracing to Stephen Tanenbaum, this specimen is the sole known brass striking of the token.

(1876) Token NY-NY 860J Brass Traphagen, Hunter & Co. MS63 PCGS #525385

Here again is the "apprentice" die of the Libertas Americana token, this time seen in its rarest composition in Brass. With its provenance tracing to Stephen Tanenbaum, this specimen is the sole known brass striking of the token.

(1876) Token Pa-Ph 95 White Metal J.H. Gercke MS64 PCGS #669868

Ex: Larry Dziubek, Charles Litman, Don Miller and Joseph Barnet

(1876) Token Pa-Ph 256 White Metal Lingg & Co. Mule w/Pa-Ph 258 Obv. MS65 PCGS #525249

For the United States Centennial celebration in 1876, the Libertas Americana design was once again brought into the spotlight, with the Lingg Brothers of Philadelphia producing their own 23mm Libertas die for patriotic medals and merchant tokens. Aside from its somewhat smaller size, this die is readily distinguished from Bolen's Libertas die by the orientation of Liberty's cap. On the Bolen die, the cap points to the "I" in Americana; whereas on the Lingg die, the cap points to the second "A". Like the Bolen die, the Lingg die was used to strike medals and tokens with an assortment of reverse dies in a variety of metals. All totaled, this Libertas Americana die was paired with 78 different reverse dies, resulting in 155 known die/metal combinations. Here we see the the Libertas Americana die paired with a Liberty Bell die, creating a patriotic medal purely in commemoration of the Centennial. Ex: Steve Tanenbaum

(1876) Token Pa-Ph 502 Brass Wood's Museum MS64 PCGS #525256

This advertising token for the Wood's Museum of Philadelphia features Bolen's Libertas Americana die in a scarce striking in Brass. Ex: Musante

(1876) Token Pa-Ph 502 Brass Wood's Museum MS64 PCGS #525256

This advertising token for the Wood's Museum of Philadelphia features Bolen's Libertas Americana die in a scarce striking in Brass. Ex: Musante

(1876) Token Pa-Ph 504 White Metal Wood's Museum MS64 PCGS #525257

With this specimen, we see Bolen's Libertas Americana die in its most widely produced medium -- struck in soft White Metal. Ex: Richard Crosby

(1876) Token Pa-Ph 504 White Metal Wood's Museum MS64 PCGS #525257

With this specimen, we see Bolen's Libertas Americana die in its most widely produced medium -- struck in soft White Metal. Ex: Richard Crosby

(1876) Token Pa-Ph 883 White Metal I.L. Cragin & Co. MS65 PCGS #525276

Late Die State, with noticeable breaks on obverse and reverse. Ex: John Kraljevich

(1876) Token Pa-Ph 970 White Metal Kelly's MS64 PCGS #525283

Ex: Richard Crosby and C&D Dale

(1876) Token Pa-Ph 970A Copper Kelly's MS64BN PCGS #525284

Ex: Richard Crosby and Van Omer